Yoga as Union - Cultivating the Undivided Self, An Exploration of the Psoas Muscle

This all levels asana class will work specifically with releasing, aligning, toning and stretching the iliopsoas muscle and its colleagues.  The iliopsoas muscle connects the upper and lower body and as such helps stabilize the core, assisting us in creating coherence through the whole of the body. It is considered by some to be the most important muscle in the body and chronic tension in this muscle can easily contribute to pain and dysfunction through the entire body. This 2 ½ hour class will consist of a systematic exploration of therapeutic exercises and traditional yoga poses to release chronic tension, cultivate improved postural alignment, strengthen, and actively stretch these deep core muscles so that we can move with more integrity. We'll extend our exploration into investigating how we can move toward more coherence or integrity through the whole of our lives. After the movement exploration, the last 20 - 30 minutes of class will be dedicated to a guided yoga nidra practice designed to release tension in the emotional and mental body as well as the physical body.

 Investment: $25

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Laura Jarrait, E-RYT500, is dedicated to creating a safe environment in which students are challenged to explore their edges in order to increase their body and life awareness. Her classes include philosophical and physical inquiry that are rooted in her own deep yogic education and experience.  Students in Laura’s classes can expect sound alignment instruction, moments of challenge that may take a variety of forms (advanced asana, simply standing, or attending to subtle movement, to name a few), an invitation to think and feel more fully, and a bit of light-heartedness to help it all sink in more easily. Laura has been a dedicated yoga practioner for seventeen years; her main influences come from the alignment-based schools of Iyengar and Anusara yoga and Shaiva Tantra philosophy. She was certified as an Anusara teacher in March, 2009. She also helps facilitate healing and increasing awareness using the energy system of BodyTalk and spiritual coaching through the Akashic Records.  She is thrilled to be able to use all of these to lead people into a deeper understanding of themselves and their world.